Review and thoughts on reinventing yourself

I’m a big fan of James Altucher, but I cannot for the life of me remember when or where I first heard about him. There’s something about his vulnerability and the way he talks about his failures that is unlike other entrepreneurs and his book “Choose Yourself” made me think about my daily practice.

For those that have not read the book, the daily practice is the idea that you make a 1% improvement in every facet of your life and the facets that he has identified include physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. I loved this idea and try to think about it any time I have a moment to spare – it’s got me waking up early, exercising, meditating, reading and generally trying to improve my life in different ways to set myself up for the future.

When he came out with his new book “Reinvent Yourself”, I ordered it right away (well, pre-ordered it) and quickly devoured it once it came to my Kindle. Here are some of the key takeaways that I got from the book:

  • Everybody finds ways to reinvent themselves and in fact, reinventing themselves is a key strategy for success (in this case, reinventing yourself does not necessarily mean starting from scratch but can mean reinventing your brand, reinventing your strategy, reinventing your image, etc.). He cites several examples of celebrities or entrepreneurs that have ‘reinvented’ themselves.
  • Sometimes, to get yourself out of a rut or to get even more success, you have to reinvent yourself. I imagine that a lot of people in the world find themselves in a rut (either in failure or in success) and need to figure out ways of getting out of that rut.
  • In the majority of the chapters, James has interviewed or learned from other people to identify lessons or key themes that he can apply to his life (e.g., x things I have learned from Wayne Dyer or x lessons I learned from Daymond John). James has a great podcast called The James Altucher Show where he interviews celebrities, entrepreneurs and other successful people to see what they have done in their lives to reach the peak and how he can apply those lessons to his life. (Note to self, this is an interesting way to write a book by just distilling or summarizing the things that you have learned and applied in your life from other books).
  • “Learning never stops” – for those that know me, I am a voracious consumer of content but even I know that you cannot just consume content, you have to be able to apply it to different areas of your life for the content to be useful. James has done this and I am slowly trying to do this in my life as well.
  • “Quantity leads to quality” – imagine you putting in hours to perfect the free throw or putting in the time to write. If you throw a lot (A LOT) of free throws or you write a lot, you will most likely learn how to throw better free throws or to write better.

As I said, I am trying to apply more things that I have learned into my life and on that note, I am starting a brand new website (with my previous website being axed) with the goal of making this website a place where I would like to read the articles. I hope you’ll like it but this website was written for me.

Wang